Athletes in Action, Black Church at Yale, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Christian Union, United Church of Westville and Yale Students for Christ are coming together to celebrate Easter on Cross-Campus, 1.30pm-2.30pm, April 21st 2019.
The event will feature a time of worship, a spoken word performance and a time of for testimonies. The Logos staff interviewed some people from various Christian ministries who are involved in the event to share their heart for this special holy day! Enjoy!
Why do you celebrate Easter?
Cassandra Hsiao, Ezra Stiles ’21: “Easter is a timely reminder that with God, all things are possible. I am personally reminded of what a great God we serve–a God willing to suffer alongside with us by sending his Son down to Earth, the ultimate sacrifice. God is so full of grace!”
Daniel Chabeda, Ezra Stiles ’22: “I celebrate Easter because it is a joyous day! On Easter we remember the day when Jesus rose from the grave, defeated death, and worked salvation for all peoples on Earth for all time. Easter recognizes that the God of this universe put on a body and came to earth. He experienced suffering–hunger and thirst, the loss of loved ones, and betrayal at the hands of his closest friends–and can sympathize with all of our weaknesses. God has demonstrated incredible love for us. He entered into our suffering and chose to die and unjust death rather than see us separated from him for eternity. Easter reminds me of his grace, love, and power. Even death has been defeated, and our God lives!”
Lillian Yuan, Pierson ’21: “I celebrate Easter both because I really do believe that it is the most joyous day of the year (maybe second most, to Christmas…hm :)) but also because of the sheer gravity of Jesus’ death and resurrection that demands recognition. What’s been so special about this Easter in particular for me is that, in the midst of putting up an art exhibit with Yale Students for Christ and being more active in understanding how others celebrate and view Easter, I have really come to understand the importance of a holiday that has been not much other than just fun for me until college. The resurrection, which we celebrate on Easter day, is a testament to the power that God has over life and death; it is a fulfillment of biblical prophesies and a confirmation of Jesus’ true identity as the son of God, and more personally, it is a reminder to me of the immensity of God’s love for us and promise to his people of eternal life. This knowledge has really changed the way that I conduct my life. David Foster Wallace once said “in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. The only choice we get is what to worship.” I love this quote because I think that the biggest change that knowing Jesus has made in my life is that it has offered me a different path from the harmful worship of so many things that are so easy to chase after,–money, power, sex, and even things that should be good but so often don’t live up to what we want them to be, like human love–a path that I believe to be good and worth pursuing. That is the path of worshipping God and following his laws to love others as oneself, to conduct my life in pursuit of holiness, and to love the being that loved me first. For me, there is nothing more beautiful than the life that my faith has offered me.
What’s one difference knowing Jesus has made in your life?
Cassandra Hsiao, Ezra Stiles ’21: “All the difference. He has guided my path, every step of the way. He’s brought my family to Him. I hope everything I do can be grounded in his light.”
Daniel Chabeda, Ezra Stiles ’22: “Knowing Jesus has given me joy that persists through varying levels of happiness, peace that exists internally, and a sense of identity that does not rely on my perception by others. He tells me that he loves me, and his sacrifice on the cross proves it. He tells me I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that he called me by his grace. I can share this love, joy, and peace with my community by the empowerment of Jesus because he loved me first.”
What can we expect for the spoken word performance?
Cassandra Hsiao, Ezra Stiles ’21: “I coached the team this year. Watching these girls piece together an original poem from Bible verses has been such a blessing–these words are literally leaping to life through their performance.”
More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/443780809728925/